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Review of Springsteen's Halftime Show!

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Review of Springsteen's Halftime Show!

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Since I didn't care one iota about the game itself, a lot was riding on the Super Bowl halftime show tonight. This apparently was true for Bruce Springsteen himself. On Friday, at a rare press conference, he admitted he didn't know a thing about football, though he reckoned that he used to throw the ball around - back in 1958. But as I wrote here yesterday (still posted), I go back with Bruce to 1972, and helped write the first magazine article about him then, so I had high interest for this unlikely gig.

So how did it go tonight, just concluded, with the E Street Band, famously limited to exactly 12 minutes -- with Bruce asserting that he would make every 1/16 of a second count (and some calling for him to inject a little politics into it)?

Well, they done good, and the early newspaper Web reviews were favorable, although The New York Times was lukewarm and Chicago Sun-Times critical ("hoeky").

Bruce even worked in a football reference, laughing at himself, substituting a baseball line in "Glory Days" with, "He could throw a...Hail Mary pass."

It was kind of a retro show with the first two songs from the mid-70s, "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" and "Born to Run, " and the final "Glory Days" from the '80s, with a (much-truncated) "Working on Dream" from his brand new album in the #3 slot. …

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